Waubonsie Valley’s Jarron Thompson, an MLB prospect, gets ready to make his pitch. ‘Embrace it and enjoy it.’

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Ever since he knew it was a distinct possibility, Waubonsie Valley senior Jarron Thompson has had goals that were pretty crystal clear. Somehow, some way, it would happen.

He was going to find a way to be paid to pitch.

“I always told my parents in middle school,” Thompson said. “I never mentioned college until I got my first offer. I wanted to play professional baseball, to pitch in the majors.

“I completely forgot about college — that I have to go through that level.”

Initially, Thompson committed to Missouri. With an eye on a quicker path to professional baseball, he then switched to Seminole State, a junior college in Florida.

That would allow him to be eligible for the MLB draft after one season in college as opposed t...

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